Science and faith intersect

Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the US National Institutes of Health, has discussed the intersection of faith and science.

“For me, somebody who is a ‘show me the data’ kind of scientist, but also a believer [in God], I don’t see a discordance there,” Collins said. “In fact it enriches my experience, each basically harmonized with the other. It gives you a view of life that is actually quite satisfying, and not in any way in conflict.”

When comparing science and faith, Collins said each can be applied to answer different questions, and if you mix the two together you get conflict.

“It is certainly true in the United States that there is an uneasiness about certain aspects of science, particularly evolution, because it conflicts, in some people’s minds, with their sense of how we all came to be,” Collins said. “But you know, if you are a believer in God, it’s hard to imagine that God would somehow put this incontrovertible evidence in front of us about our relationship to other living organisms and expect us to disbelieve it. I mean, that doesn’t make sense at all. So as soon as you kind of get over the anxiety about the whole thing, it actually adds to your sense of awe about this amazing universe that we live in, it doesn’t subtract from it at all.”

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7 thoughts on “Science and faith intersect

  1. “But you know, if you are a believer in God, it’s hard to imagine that God would somehow put this incontrovertible evidence in front of us about our relationship to other living organisms and expect us to disbelieve it. I mean, that doesn’t make sense at all.”

    Exactly. What we see in “evolution” is the result of a creative process (as enacted by a creator). To imagine that this somehow contradicts the existence of an all-powerful creator-God, simply befuddles my cognificator…

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  2. I have been struggling with this topic for years because of my relgion vs my educational background till just recently and i agree with this post 100%. There is no absolute truth and u have to find a balance between the two so you feel settled within yourself and the outside world. Both are wonderful schools of thought and both of have alot of truth in them. There should be a way that everyone can find that medium to feel content and to be able to reduce any conflict that may arise. Thank yu for sharing this, Bryan.

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  3. This is an area interest for me of late. I haven’t composed much on the meeting of science and faith really… just want to share some of the contrast though real quick. There has been an ongoing debate for reasons.

    real quick…

    C.S. Lewis to Warren Lewis, April 8, 1932, The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2004), vol., II, 75.
    In 1932, just a few months after becoming a Christian, Lewis wrote to his brother about the efforts of the Rationalist Press Association to publish cheap editions of scientific works they thought debunked religion. Lewis said their efforts reminded him of the remark of another writer “that a priest is a man who disseminates little lies in defence of a great truth, and a scientist is a man who disseminates little truths in defence of a great lie.” http://www.cslewisweb.com/2012/08/introduction-to-the-magicians-twin/#_edn7

    What may come of science as it explores the universe that is there for the making?

    Youtube watch?v=cU1-YFbAifA

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